Morocco, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, will always be an active player in all initiatives aimed at establishing a comprehensive and equitable peace guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, said, on Friday in Rabat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita. “Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty the King, will always be an active player in all efforts to achieve a peaceful, fair and comprehensive solution guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, on the basis of consensus, in accordance with international and Arab benchmarks,” stressed Bourita, who was speaking at a joint press briefing with Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hussein Al-Sheikh. He highlighted Morocco’s constant position on the Palestinian cause, a “fundamental and crucial issue in the Kingdom’s foreign policy”, emphasizing the special interest accorded to this question by His Majesty the King, who has consistently expressed Morocco’s support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their state within the 1967 borders, with East Al-Quds as its capital, in order to preserve stability in the region. Referring to the ongoing violation of Palestinian rights, Bourita said that Morocco, as part of its strategic choice in favor of peace and its relations with the Israeli side, is committed to playing the role of peace promoter and to working to weaken the extremist parties that exploit the Palestinian cause for the sake of one-upmanship rather than engaging in the search for solutions. In this vein, he underlined Morocco’s firm opposition to any unilateral action likely to compromise the prospects for peace, destroy the two-state solution and exacerbate extremism and violence in the region. Regarding the situation in Al Quds, Bourita stressed the special attention that His Majesty the King pays to the Holy City, in his capacity as Chairman of the Al Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, highlighting the Sovereign’s commitment to preserving the city’s legal status and civilizational character. He also stressed that His Majesty the King ensures that the diplomatic and political dynamic is in phase with actions on the ground, recalling that the Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency works to support the resistance of the inhabitants of the Holy City and preserve the Arab-Muslim identity of the Al Quds through concrete projects, more than 90% of whose funding comes from Morocco. Bourita also mentioned the opening of the Moroccan Center in Al Quds as a space to support Palestinian civil society and initiatives to preserve the city’s identity. At bilateral level, Bourita emphasized the directives issued by the leaders of the two countries to reactivate bilateral cooperation mechanisms, adding that in the coming weeks there would be an intensification of sectoral visits between the ministers of the two parties, in addition to efforts to hold the Morocco-Palestinian Joint Commission and revise the Morocco-Palestinian legal framework.
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